Republican presidential candidate John McCain, on a visit to Colombia with top supporters Senators Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman, is a strong supporter of a proposed free trade agreement between the US and Colombia and planned to promote it during his visit.
"The free trade is an important issue, not only for Colombia but I believe for the economy of the world and as you know for the United States economy," McCain said.
His Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, opposes the Colombian agreement, which has stalled in the House of Representatives amid concerns about continuing intimidation and violence against labor leaders in the country.
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According to the Medellin-based Escuela Nacional Sindical, a labor research institute, more than 2,500 trade unionists have been killed in Colombia since 1986 including 39 murdered in 2007 and 31 so far this year. More than 400 of these killings have come during President Alvaro Uribe’s administration.
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